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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-03-07 12:26 AM
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Florida Has 304 Structurally Deficient Bridges....five of them in Tampa Bay.
Thanks to Ybor City Stogie for calling this to my attention. I did not realize this.



According to the latest information from the Department of Transportation, 304 of the 11,561 bridges in Florida are considered "structurally deficient." Thats the same designation as the collapsed bridge in Minnesota.

Florida's deficient bridges

Tampa, Florida According to the latest information from the Department of Transportation, 304 of the 11,561 bridges in Florida are considered "structurally deficient." Thats the same designation as the collapsed bridge in Minnesota.

Five of them are in Tampa Bay.

The type of bridge involved in the Minnesota tragedy is totally different than the bridges we deal with in our inventory, explained FDOT maintenance engineer Pepe Garcia. He added that Florida and Minnesota bridges are built using two different structural systems.

The five most poorly-rated bridges in the Tampa Bay area are:

Johns Pass over Boca Ciega Bay
I-275 & Kennedy Blvd.
I-275 & Cypress St.
Crosstown Expressway & SR 585
SR 39 over the Hillsborough River

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TwilightGardener Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-03-07 12:30 AM
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1. Egads, I used to take I-275/Kennedy every day to work when I lived in Tampa.
And Johns Pass to go to St. Pete beach, if I recall correctly. Also read today that Pennsylvania's bridges and tunnels are crumbling--that's where I grew up. It can happen anywhere in this country, and it WILL happen again, I'm sure of it.
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Nay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-03-07 02:45 AM
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2. Not surprised about St. John's Pass bridge. That rickety thing scared
me 30 years ago.
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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-03-07 08:57 PM
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4. The old Gandy Bridge scared me when I was a kid.
It terrified me to be over the water so long. I would cry until we got across it.

John's Pass....haven't been there in years. I remember eating fresh seafood and overlooking the water. Years ago they really did catch it, clean it, cook and serve right there.
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stop the bleeding Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-03-07 09:06 PM
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6. I ride my bike back and forth across the Gandy
Thing is good for exercise but would never trust it for much else, especially when you look at what has been built next to it.
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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-03-07 09:37 PM
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13. What has been built next to it?
Not familiar with that area now. Used to love the beach areas, but not much anymore.
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TheCentepedeShoes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-03-07 06:41 AM
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3. I can't remember where SR 39 is
but I took the Nick Nuccio bridge (56th street, Temple Terrace) over the Hillsborough at least twice every day for 20 years.
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KittyWampus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-03-07 08:58 PM
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5. We are on our own, dear DU'ers. It's up to us to take care of each other.
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-03-07 09:09 PM
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7. Avoid Bridges! but that's kind of hard to do....
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ChiciB1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-03-07 09:10 PM
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8. And The Skyway Already Fell Once!!
My sister was afraid to cross it the other day! What have we become?? I have no answers, but we had better get some UNITY or we'll have ANARCHY sooner than we think!

And I'm really serious!
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-03-07 09:12 PM
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9. My paper said today that we have 800 of them right here
in the SF Bay area. Cr@P! I was already phobic on bridges. :scared:
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porphyrian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-03-07 09:25 PM
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10. All of Tampa looks run down.
Part of the problem is that salt air (off the Gulf) tends to destroy and corrode things faster than usual. Another part of the problem is the proliferation of selfish old retirees from up North who don't give a shit about anyone or anything but their own money and comfort.
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-03-07 09:32 PM
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11. Oh Christ, one more thing to worry about
:adds to the list:
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-03-07 09:34 PM
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12. No tunnels, no bridges for me. Hugh ugh.
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flyarm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-03-07 09:38 PM
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14. HELL A BRIDGE WAS BUILT TO CLEAWATER BEACH THAT WHEN IT GOt TO THE MIDDLE
Edited on Fri Aug-03-07 09:39 PM by flyarm
it didn't match up...( both ends were built towards the middle so when the two ends were to connect..they were off several feet!)..so they had to blow up the entire middle of the bridge after building a huge platform in the water for the cement to fall down on after the blow up so the propise and manatee weren't killed..

( i get very nervous driving over that bridge!! and they ran out of money so the side lights were eliminated..many cuts done that make me nervous!!)

they blew it up at 3 am and it litterally knocked me out of bed! and then the engineers weren't sure if the bridge would be safe..this is a huge bridge..height wise..so all boats can go under it..the same Canadian company had an overpass bridge collapse in Tampa!

but don't worry..we are still spending billions in Iraq!!

and welcome to Amerika!

land of collapse and failed infra-structure! and debt as far as you can see it!!

and a dem congress that is gutless!!

fly
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